QUEENSLAND RACING INTEGRITY COMMISSION
ATHERTON TURF CLUB
ATHERTON – SATURDAY 10 10 2020
WEATHER – Fine TRACK RATING – Good 3 RAIL – True
Chairman of Stewards – C Warren
Stewards – D Lane
Clerk of Scales – F Mallyon
Judge – D Scheffler, L Weare
Veterinarian – Dr E Maloney
Swab Attendants – Dr E Maloney
Starter – R Gardner
The start times for races 4 and 5 were amended to allow for the completion of official barrier trials after the last race. The amended times were:
Race 4- 3:15pm
Race 5- 3:35pm
Stewards inquired into the reasons WINDMILL LANE was scratched from the FLYNN CIVIL OPEN HANDICAP. Trainer R Ludwig advised that, in his opinion, the track was going to be too hard for the horse which has a predisposition to hoof soreness and as such elected to scratch the gelding prior to scratching time. Stewards took evidence from Dr E Maloney who advised that he has treated the gelding on numerous occasions in the past for various hoof conditions. After considering the evidence Stewards accepted the explanation and no further action was taken.
Race 1: GOODLINE MAIDEN PLATE 1400M
BULLSWOOL- Slow to begin.
UPTOWN TOFF- Inclined to lay out under pressure down the running. App K Swaffer was reminded of her obligations under the provisions of AR131.
FURE- Laid out rounding the home turn. Settled further forward than expected. Jockey P Romeo advised that after beginning well he elected to allow his mount to stride forward and as the pace was slow found the lead easily. Jockey Romeo also sighted the geldings past racing manners stating he did not want to aggravate the gelding by restraining as it was travelling well. Stewards noted the explanation.
Race 2: ATHERTON TABLELAND SKIPS BENCHMARK 45 HANDICAP 1200M
LINNET MOON- Shifted in on jumping. Shifted out marginally on entering the home straight inconveniencing another runner.
JOHN THE RODENT- Slow to begin. Inconvenienced by another runner which shifted in on jumping. Obliged to momentarily restrain after becoming awkwardly placed on the heels of runners which shifted ground on entering the home straight.
HAND OF FAITH- Shifted out on jumping bumping with another runner before shifting in momentarily inconveniencing another runner. Shifted in marginally on entering the home straight inconveniencing another runner. Shifted out passing the 50m resulting in WILL HE TORQUE (P Romeo) having to be momentarily eased. App. K Southam was reprimanded under the provision of AR131(a) as a result of this incident.
SIR ROLAND- Bumped with another runner on jumping.
METRO MISSILE- After beginning on terms with the field was unable to muster the early speed needed to maintain its position.
ROSE CLIP- Raced wide throughout.
Declaration of correct weight was delayed to allow Jockey P Romeo, rider of 4th place getter WILL HE TORQUE, to view the footage of the final 100m to determine whether there was grounds for an objection. After viewing the official patrol footage Jockey Romeo elected not to proceed with an objection and correct weight ease declared on the judges semaphored numbers.
Race 3: TROPICAL PASTURE SEEDS BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP 1000M
The start of the race was delayed when DANCING DIVA was presented for pre-race inspection with the incorrect saddle cloth. At a subsequent inquiry Jockey P Romeo and Trainer B Hunter were both fined the sum of $100 for negligence under the provisions of AR227.
AKILEOS- As Jockey S Sheargold was not in attendance Jockey B Swaffer was substituted as rider of the gelding. Slow to begin. Obliged to shift wider after being disappointed for a run approaching the 100m when a runner to its inside shifted out.
DANCING DIVA- Began awkwardly.
COOL ATTITUDE- Shifted out on jumping. Shifted wide rounding the home turn. Jockey B Thomson reported that the mare was inclined to hang out throughout. Raced wide throughout. Trainer J Bell was advised a warning would be placed on the mares racing manners.
WHITTERICK- Shifted out marginally approaching the 100m momentarily.
OUR RECIPE- Inclined to lay out under pressure down the running.
Race 4: WHOLELIFE PHARMACY &HEALTH FOODS CLASS B HANDICAP 1400M
The start of the race was delayed when DANCE AROUND was present for pre-race inspection without blinkers and subsequently required that piece of gear to be fitted. At a subsequent inquiry Trainer R Finch was fined the sum of $100 under the provisions of AR227.
FLUTTERING- Proved difficult to load. Trainer S D’Avila was advised a warning would be placed on the geldings barrier manners. When racing tight, bumped with another runner on several occasions over the final 150m.
SWEET JUNE- When racing tight, bumped with another runner on several occasions over the final 150m.
GREY TOP- Raced wide in the early stages.
Race 5: FLYNN CIVIL OPEN HANDICAP 1400M
SPARKLING STAR- A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have bled from both nostrils in running. As this was the first such occurrence Trainer R Ludwig was advised that under the provisions of AR79 the gelding would now incur a 3 month ban from racing and be subject to a 1000m gallop to the satisfaction of Stewards prior to again being permitted to start in a race.
STEWARDS RACE DAY SUMMARY
Summary of action concerning licensees
Race 2- App K Southam- Reprimand AR131(a)
Race 3- Trainer B Hunter- $100- Negligence AR227
Race 3- Jockey P Romeo- $100- Negligence AR227
Race 4- Trainer R Finch- $100- Negligence AR227
Jockey S Sheargold- Due to a misunderstanding was booked to ride at this meeting.
Summary of action concerning thoroughbred horses
Horses swabbed pre-race
SPARKLING STAR, ZAMEX, LABRUSCO
Horses swabbed post-race
Race 3- COOL ATTITUDE- Warning- Hung out.
Race 4- FLUTTERING- Warning- Difficult to load.
Race 5- SPARKLING STAR- First time- AR79 3 month ban & 1000m gallop.
Summary of rider changes/Late notifications
Race 1- GAME OF CIRCLES was ridden by Jockey M Abe
Race 3- AKILEOS was ridden by Jockey B Swaffer
Published subject to correction upon revision